Asterias Linnaeus 1758 (sea star)

Asteroidea - Forcipulatida - Asteriidae

Synonyms: Asteracanthion Müller and Troschel 1840, Uraster Agassiz 1836 [objective synonym]

Full reference: C. Linnaeus. 1758. Systema Naturae per Regna Tria Naturae, Secundum Classes, Ordines, Genera, Species, cum Characteribus, Differentiis, Synonymis, Locis. Editio Decima 1:1-824

Parent taxon: Asteriinae according to W. K. Spencer and C.W. Wright 1966

See also Gray 1840 and Sepkoski 2002

Sister taxa: none

Subtaxa: Asteracanthion oolithicum Asterias (Archaeasterias) Asterias arenicola Asterias bituminosa Asterias deslongchampsi Asterias gaveyi Asterias propinqua Asterias punctulata Asterias ranvillensis Uraster rubens

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Type: Asterias rubens

Ecology: slow-moving low-level epifaunal carnivore

Distribution:

• Quaternary of United States (2: Maryland collections)

• Miocene of Argentina (1)

• Jurassic of Belgium (1), France (1), the United Kingdom (1)

Total: 6 collections each including a single occurrence

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